London: The World Health Organization has asked governments to exempt their vaccinated citizens from pandemic restrictions by granting the same allowances to people who have received any WHO-approved vaccine.
It would mean that a country like Australia, which has only approved the use of Pfizer and AstraZeneca, would have to recognize the two vaccines from China. Chinese vaccines have been given to Australians living in various countries, but they are less effective than the others approved by the WHO.
The WHO has approved the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines for emergency use. He said that all the vaccines it had approved for use and distribution through its COVAX scheme, of which Australia is a participant, must be recognized to prevent a two-tier system from emerging around the fully vaccinated.
“Such moves are already undermining confidence in life-saving vaccines that have already been shown to be safe and effective, affecting vaccine uptake and potentially putting billions of people at risk,” the UN-based body said. Geneva in a statement.
“At a time when the world is trying to resume commerce, commerce and travel, this is counterproductive, both in spirit and in results.
“Any measure that only allows people protected by a subset of WHO-approved vaccines to benefit from reopening travel to and with that region would effectively create a two-tier system, further widening the global vaccine gap and exacerbating the risks. inequalities that we have already seen in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines ”.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister Greg Hunt said no decisions had been made on which vaccines Australia would recognize.
“However, the government will continue to follow expert health advice and the Therapeutic Products Administration will continue to oversee the approval, regulation and mutual recognition of vaccines,” he said.